A local news helicopter crash in downtown Seattle Tuesday morning killed at least two people and severely wounded another individual, according to local officials. The incident took place around 7:40 local time, crashing blocks away from the iconic Space Needle.
Two killed, one critically injured in helicopter crash near Seattle Center: http://t.co/J2RCQt8WFM— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 18, 2014
According to ABC News, the crash took place minutes after it lifted off the roof of the KOMO-TV news station. The helicopter struck the side of a building before slamming into a number of cars, The Associated Press reported. Flames erupted following the crash.
“The helicopter had some kind of problem taking off,” said Taylor Van Cise, an anchor for KOMO-FM radio. “We can see the tail of the helicopter in an SUV. It’s a pretty dramatic scene."
According to The Los Angeles Times, a 37-year-old man caught in the crash freed himself and has been sent to Harborview Medical Center to receive medical attention. The man was purported to have burns covering over 50 percent of his body Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said, according to CNN. A woman inside another car hit in the crash was not injured, and Moore said authorities are looking for a man who had been inside a third vehicle hit by the chopper.
"We want to talk to him just to make sure he's OK," he said.